Who Is The Team Behind Aynie’s Catering?

Aynie’s Corporate Catering started as a small deli in Covington on Scott Street.  From our humble beginnings 21 years ago, we have evolved out of the retail sector to focus on Corporate Catering.  Everyday we offered new specials and many of them were so popular they became staples of our menu…ie. the Dijon Chicken Salad and Buffalo Chicken Wrap with Bleu Cheese Slaw. There was and is a lot of trial and error.

So who are we?  My name is Ayn (pronounced Ann) and Bill is my dad.  We are the original crew from Scott Street. We collaborated, cooked and kept trying till we started to get it right. We made a lot of mistakes and we worked and continue to work through them. Meghan is my youngest sister and also manages the catering operations in our Montgomery Road location.  She is really the “Aynie’s Badass” and the one who makes sure the orders are ready to leave on time each and every day. If you are a regular customer you have likely talked with both Meg and I. If you have been ordering from us for a while it’s possible you have seen us on deliveries. Recently, Melanie, my mom, retired as a teacher and helps out at the store as needed and takes orders, invoices and answers questions. We are truly a small family owned and operated business.  

Tommy is in charge of deliveries and organizing orders as they are prepared. Tommy managed one of our retail locations in Covington and moved to our catering location in Madeira several years ago. He is indispensable to our business. I don’t believe there is anyone who knows how to get around the Greater Cincinnati area as quickly and efficiently as Tommy. Tommy is known to all our customers and is an integral part of Team Aynie’s.

Sonja started with Aynie’s Catering 12 years ago part time. Sonja is part of our family and the most hardworking, dependable person I know. She pours her heart into her work and it shows. Sonja is the definition of tough love and without question, unfailingly loyal to her friends and Aynie’s. Ever try our House Made Soups? Parmesan Crusted Chicken? Spring Pasta Primavera? All the hot entrees and soups are coming straight out of Sonja’s kitchen.

Sallie started with Aynie’s as a manager at our Baldwin location 14 years ago. Sallie currently handles all the salads and breakfast orders. This is not a small task. We jokingly laugh that Sallie’s cooking abilities were nill when she started. Our first clue was when she asked how much water to add to the Rice Krispy Treats. Now Sallie is preparing scratch made dressings, quiche and salads on a daily basis. She is always a good sport and takes a lot of ribbing. We love her funny ways and she is part of what makes us Team Aynie’s.  

There are others working everyday who our customers may know by voice or from deliveries…Jodi, Martha, Chris, Josh and John.  We have recently brought on a couple more employees that are as much a part of who we are and why we are successful, Laurie and Vickie.

When you order from Aynie’s Corporate Catering your food is being made by a small business made up of people who care about the end product.  We work hard to make sure your order is right and we love feedback, good or bad…it’s how we get better.

Team Aynie’s

Why Our All Inclusive Buffets Are To Die For

Soup, Mini Sandwich and Salad Buffet

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This buffet comes with mini sandwiches served with our Pub Salad and your choice of Cheesy Broccoli, Vegetable, or Chicken Noodle soup. You also get our tray of assorted homemade cookies freshly made for your event.

Our seasonal Pub Salad included in this buffet is made up of delicious mixed greens with sliced Rosemary Chicken, crispy bacon, fresh avocado and tomatoes, and hard-boiled eggs. We serve our homemade ranch dressing on the side.

If you’re looking for food that covers the basics, this is perfect for any event. It features so many homemade items that you can’t go wrong with this buffet of homemade soup, cookies, sandwiches, and salads.

Spring Wrap Buffet

Even though it might still be snowing in Cincinnati, with our colorful, fresh food it’s spring at Aynie’s! Try our Spring Wrap Buffet with an assortment of wraps, the Pub and Mediterranean Chickpea Salad, and the dessert tray.

Our wraps include the Veggie, Italian, Buffalo Chicken, and Greek. The veggie is made with fresh cucumber, tomato, lettuce, sprouts, banana peppers, green pepper, carrots, and red cabbage. All of these fresh veggies are then wrapped with cheddar cheese and hummus.

The Italian wrap includes three meats—ham, salami, and capicola—with white cheddar, lettuce, tomato, banana peppers, and Italian dressing. The Greek wrap has herb roasted chicken with a mix of Kalamata olives, feta, herbs and spices, green leaf lettuce, and a vinaigrette.

If you are looking for more of a kick, our Buffalo Chicken Wrap features spicy chicken, with a bleu cheese slaw and a green leaf lettuce.

The side salad options for this buffet are both seasonal. Like the Pub salad described above, the Mediterranean Chickpea Salad has a mixed greens base, however, is topped with chickpeas, peppers, fresh parsley, red onion, and celery. The salad is also tossed with a fresh lemon vinaigrette.

What’s an event without some treats? The assorted dessert tray has it all—seasonal cupcakes, cookies, dessert bars, and brownies. It’s no coincidence that this is our most popular dessert tray. It includes something for everyone’s tastes.

With this much variety in wraps, salads, and desserts, this buffet is great when serving a big group — whether it’s at the office or at home! Even the pickiest of eaters will find something they love.

Warm April Sandwich Buffet

The final buffet includes Aynie’s April sandwiches, which are served warm, as well as the seasonal side Grilled Veggie and Hummus Platter. This buffet also comes with the Pub Salad and the assorted homemade cookie tray.

This month’s sandwiches are the Meatball Sub, BBQ Pulled Pork, Hawaiian Chicken, and Tuna Melt. At Aynie’s, freshly made food with the best possible ingredients is a priority and you can see it in the way we craft our unique sandwiches in this Warm April Sandwich Buffet.

The Sub features house made meatballs, provolone, roasted tomatoes, pesto sauce, mixed greens, and red onion on a warm hoagie. The BBQ Pulled Pork is also served on a hoagie, with pulled pork, smoky BBQ sauce, and pineapple salsa. The Hawaiian Chicken features pineapple as well. It comes on a hoagie with marinated grilled chicken, sliced pineapple, fresh greens, sliced red onion, and is topped with Sriracha sauce. Unlike the other three, the tuna melt is served on an everything bagel. It includes Albacore Tuna Salad, Colby jack cheese, and a sliced tomato.

Tired of just a salad as a side? This buffet offers a side that goes beyond the average. It comes with fresh, marinated grilled veggies, hummus, and pita chips.

The Warm April Sandwich Buffet is perfect if you are looking to try something new. It features several seasonal items, so get them will you can!

When choosing a buffet for your next event, you can’t go wrong with any of April’s All Inclusive Buffets. Order Aynie’s today!

We Put the Service in Catering Service

In planning corporate events, going away parties, and conferences, it’s easy to get sidetracked with tasks like organizing and setting up the venue, while hiring the right caterer becomes an afterthought.

We believe that’s a major oversight. Because, ultimately, the food often makes or breaks the guests experience. But it’s not only about the quality of the food—it’s also about the quality of the service.

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For example, when you are around your coworkers, bosses, or potential clients, you want to create  positive first impressions where everyone feels they have been treated well and that the event runs smoothly. And what good is a delicious meal if it’s frozen cold, or the caterer doesn’t make enough of it, or God forbid doesn’t show up, and ruins the event.

So it is the job of any corporate caterer to deliver excellent service in the form of hot, on time, and matching the order quantities.

What Quality Service Looks Like

Quality catering service is often missed because when paired with your hard work, putting together the event seems effortless. This is all in thanks to great communication. If you spent hours on end planning an important event, it is crucial that everything goes smooth.

We know you put in a lot of work in to making your event a memorable one, so we have to do our part to make sure the food and service is perfectly coordinated—chaos and confusion are never on the menu here at Aynie’s.  

That being said, good communication ensures adaptability. No matter how carefully something is planned, there is always the possibility that a mishap could occur. In our years of experience, we have learned how to handle situations and remain on our toes so that everything is handled quickly in a professional manner. If there is a problem, like an extra 25 people are coming and you need extra desserts, we will do our best to adapt and find a solution in time!

The most important communication of all is the between you  and us. To make sure we have everything you need, we will listen and answer all of your questions as soon as possible because, when it comes to events, time is of the essence.

Having been working with customers since 1996, we know that flexibility is important. Open and honest communication ensures that even if something is short notice, we can follow through successfully on our part. Just ask customers Suzette and Tiffani, who both thanked us for “taking such good care of [them] on short notice!”

Another key aspect of excellent catering is nailing the delivery and set up. Not only do we serve our food freshly made food, but we do it on time, as all professionals should. Jan, a customer, says the “staff did a great job of setting everything up.” Presentation is a key part of the event running as planned.

It is also important to note that great communication comes from simply caring about customers, which is driven by our passion for the work we are doing. We know that whatever your event may be, it’s important to you—and it’s just as important to us.

Caterers have to be dedicated and passionate about the work they do because the core of their job is serving people in their community. That’s why we strive for excellent service.

Why Excellent Service Goes a Long Way

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As a local business, our customers are that much more of a priority to us because they are our family, friends, and community. We know that event planning can be stressful and excellent service helps to relieve the pressure of planning by making sure everything moves smoothly. Our job is to make you look good, as it has been for the past 21+ years.

Excellent service goes a long way because it keeps people coming back to your events. When throwing a party or work event, if the food is good and the service is great, everyone has a fantastic time, whether it’s a mandatory or volunteer gathering. This means they are most likely to continue to go to events because they trust that it will be just as fun, if not even better, than the one before.

Great service, therefore, ensures that your event was a success! In many ways, excellent service is about a company being loyal to their employees or friends, not the other way around.

How Aynie’s Delivers Quality Service

People are much more likely to share a bad experience than a good one. As mentioned early, we are a family run business and to disappoint just one customer is to disappoint many within our Greater Cincinnati Area. For this reason, we are constantly striving to cater to our customers’ needs the best we can.

One of the things we do to meet our customers’ needs is keep our website super accessible. Our website includes updated menus, our contact info, tips on events and updates on upcoming menu specials in our blogs, and reviews in the “About us” tab.

To get in touch with us, you can call us, fax, email, or just fill out the contact form on our website. At the bottom of the Contact Us page, there is a contact form where you can directly send us a message with your information and preferred method of communication. Here, you can ask for a quote, billing assistance, or anything else you’d like to share with us.

Whatever method is easiest for you to get in touch with us, we’ve got it covered. At Aynie’s, we love receiving feedback from you. Hearing from customers is absolutely essential because it helps us to help you!

A great example of how we focus on the customers’ needs is a situation described by Jan, a client. She described how the room the event was catered in was very small and how much her and the people she hosted “appreciate [our] patience” while setting everything up and the “extra efforts” made for her drinks served with the food.  

In her words, “Those little things go a long way.” We are here for anything that helps your event run smoothly. After all, you planned the event—let us worry about the rest!

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Planning an event is stressful enough, but becomes a major pain point when the food or service is not up to par. So why settle for anything less than fantastic? As our customer, you and your goals are our priority. Let us serve to you today to show you what that looks like!

What Makes An Awesome St. Patrick’s Day Party?

Around the world on March 17, people Irish and non-Irish alike get together to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with friends, food, and all things green.

This one of a kind celebration is a time to relax and have fun with the people around you. So why not have a party with the office?

Celebrating the holiday allows you, your coworkers, and staff to strengthen your team without the stress of everyday hustle and bustle that comes with the corporate work culture.

Here are our four essentials for a fantastic St. Patrick’s Day:

1. A Spacious Venue

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Break out of the traditional office space by finding a spacious venue, inside or outside your building, that can accommodate the amount of people attending as well as the activities you have planned for the event. Whether you plan to have an Irish Jig Dance Competition, compete in a trivia game, or play a different activity, it’s always best to opt for a venue that’s a tiny bit bigger than you need. This is so everyone feels comfortable and can enjoy their time without feeling overwhelmed, especially if there is a large amount of people.

Without stress and pressure weighing on your shoulders, you can better get to know your coworkers and staff in a relaxed environment while still building upon a team spirit that will translate into a high-functioning work environment in the future. Sharing food and a good time with those you work with on a daily basis is crucial to creating trust and respect for one another.

2. Irish Themed Decorations

In March, you go green or go home! It wouldn’t be a St. Patrick’s Day celebration without shamrocks, leprechauns, and pots of gold. Deck out your venue with streamers, signs, and fun props like top hats, necklaces, and glasses. Make sure everyone has something green – if you aren’t wearing green, you might end up being pinched, so goes the old myth.

As mentioned earlier, at corporate parties it is necessary for it to be a non-work talk environment, to allow genuine conversation and relationship building to happen. Holiday decorations play a significant role in developing this needed environment. It puts people in a better mood to see decorations and delicious food, and to hear holiday music in the background (perhaps some folk music!). Great party decorations completely elevate the party’s atmosphere this way.

For so many people, holiday decorations are also a reminder of family and home. When with people you see and work with every day, it is important to have a strong sense of trust and comfort around them. If you feel that you can trust your staff and coworkers here, you’ll most likely end up working better together on the job as well.

3. Aynie’s Corporate Catering Food

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Food is the life of the party! A party is incomplete without a good meal and on St. Patrick’s Day, why not celebrate with some traditional Irish food. This food will bring people to the event and gives everyone something to look forward to!  This month at Aynie’s, we are offering multiple Irish dishes like: Shepherd’s Pie, Irish Paninis, and Irish Dessert Trays.

The Mini Shepherd’s Pie is offered as a hot entrée. It is house-made with horseradish mashed potatoes and served with tossed garden salad and bread. The Irish Paninis are served on a tray or as a nosh box (perfect for lunch!). We will be offering three different paninis: Turkey Reuben, Corned Beef Reuben, and Veggie Reuben. The dessert tray includes mint brownies and Bailey’s Irish Cream Bundt cakes.

Sharing Irish treats is a great way to celebrate the Irish culture and it is also a great conversation starter at a party. For this reason, food (delicious, holiday food especially) is absolutely necessary for your party. When the music is on and the decorations are up, it is so much easier to have lively conversation than when you are swamped with work at your desk.

4. Happy Environment

If your event is completely boring, can it be considered a party? Turn the music up, be positive, and the event will take on a fun vibe to it. Make sure the party is not one to be missed! Also, when you remember to bring great food and beautifully decorate the venue, it’s guaranteed to make people show up happy—and happiness is contagious.

Because the atmosphere is much more relaxed compared to the tense everyday rush at the office, people are more likely to engage with one another than they would any other time. You can bond with your colleagues and get to know them even better. Not only will you be feeling happy in the moment, but you can rest assured knowing that these moments will carry into the office life, especially in times of need.  

Holiday parties are also about appreciating coworkers and staff. You know that you all work hard and deserve a chance to not only have a break but to have fun, too.  

Is It Spring? Asparagus & Artichoke Are In Season!

Is it Spring? Are we there yet?  When I see asparagus and artichokes start to pop up at the grocery and they look good, I know we are right around the corner from fabulous weather in the Cincinnati area. The bright flavors from these spring veggies is a great addition to our menu. At Aynie’s Corporate Catering, we love to use seasonal fruits and veggies. The quality is superior and we have the benefit of better pricing.

We love to use asparagus but we have a few favorite recipes. A tried but true recipe, passed to me by a friend years ago, was simply to toss the trimmed asparagus with olive oil, salt, pepper and dried tarragon and roast them until just tender. The tarragon is wonderful with the asparagus and a different twist. I also like to marinate the asparagus in Italian Dressing and grill them. Delish! When shopping for asparagus, I usually go for the green variety. The purple asparagus have a fruity taste, are great raw and will turn green when cooked. The white asparagus are the same as green but have been grown without light and thus have less nutritional value.  All three work equally well as a side dish or as an ingredient.

At Aynie’s Corporate Catering, we work asparagus into our Spring Pasta Primavera.  This comes with Herb Marinated Chicken or Salmon. You can also find it in a featured quiche in April as well as on the Grilled Veggie Platter served with Roasted Red Pepper Hummus and Pita Chips.

Asparagus are loaded with nutrients, fiber and antioxidants. Glutathione is a particularly powerful compound  that breaks down carcinogens and free radicals. Asparagus are a rich source of Glutathione, as are avocados, kale and brussels sprouts. I’ve had my eye on this recipe for the store and for home.

artichoke-dipArtichokes are in season in March and April. Technically speaking, artichokes are a flower bud that has not yet bloomed and were considered an aphrodisiac by Greeks and Romans. Today they are produced in the U.S. only in California. Love them but not sure how to prepare them? Check out this resource to help you trim fresh artichokes and cook them.

Because they are labor intensive and not a lot of yield we use brined artichokes at Aynie’s Corporate Catering.  You can find artichokes throughout our menu including the Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Chicken, Spinach Artichoke Dip and Spring Pasta Primavera.

Artichokes have many health benefits are worth working into your menu at home.  Research has shown that artichokes are high in antioxidants, help calm inflammation, have been linked with lowering  cholesterol, improving blood flow and are very high in fiber. What’s not to like? I have tried this recipe at home for our family and it had high marks all around. We use our Spinach Artichoke at the store as a spread for sandwiches and load it with fresh veggies or stuff it and bake in boneless, skinless chicken breast.

All Cincinnati Catering Companies Should Serve Customers This Way

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When you order corporate catering, it’s important that the food stands out and makes a great impression on everyone involved. At Aynie’s catering, we strive to not only have delicious food, but to also provide incredible service for our customers.

People are our top priority—as they should be for all catering companies in Cincinnati—so we recognize that catering isn’t just about the food, it’s about the entire experience.

Why Aynie’s Stands Out Among Cincinnati Catering Companies

Fresh food—Our promise to serve only fresh food goes hand in hand with our dedication to natural ingredients. Aynie’s makes every order minutes before it is delivered to maintain fresh and delicious taste.

And fresh doesn’t just mean it is right out of the oven either—it means they are locally sourced when possible, and do not have the artificial preservatives that are synonymous with processed foods.

Family run business—As a local, family run business, our customers are our community members, friends, and family. We believe food brings people together—especially if it tastes good! It starts great conversations that continue to build our community within Cincinnati. Sharing a meal is so incredibly powerful in the way it builds strong relationships across the table.

We know that when you choose Aynie’s you are putting your trust in us as well. Whether at a corporate meeting or a big presentation, we want you to look your best and the food served will be the cherry on top of the event.

Our connection with our customers is completely unparalleled when it comes to national brands. Besides just knowing the people we serve, we also care tremendously about what they eat. Our job is to make a great variety of healthy foods taste delicious and fresh.

When you care for the people you work for, that much more effort is put into the quality of the service. In the words of one customer, Ashley, our food does not have “the institutional taste a lot of catering companies have.” Why does our food taste different? It is simply fresh and delicious food that goes straight from our kitchen to your event.

We serve you the same food we provide for our own family and friends, because we value our customers in a way that chain brands simply cannot. Being family run, we understand how valuable the health of your loved ones is, which is why we only serve the best.

New monthly menu features—Each month we come up with new monthly, seasonal menus to maintain variety for our customers. Boring food definitely does not spice up an event, but rest assured our exciting and new menus will. Not all of your audience will have the same taste—some are picky and others are down for anything. Whatever the case may be, we have food for everyone.

In our February menu alone, we have 3 delicious new salad bowls along with the 12 month-long offers, as well as 5 new paninis including the pesto chicken and veg out, and 3 new hot entrée options including the spinach artichoke stuffed chicken and the grilled herb chicken or salmon. Though routines are nice to have, it is nice to eat outside of the (nosh) box!

On time delivery—That feeling when you are waiting for the server to bring you your food and it takes forever: the worst! Being that freshly prepared and delicious food is of the utmost importance for us, we always deliver on time to offices, your home, or wherever your event may be.

We know that the food is a key part of any event and to have to wait for it is not just annoying, it is unprofessional. Delivery is just one less thing you have to stress about when the day comes for your event.

As said earlier, catering is more than just the food itself, it is the entire experience. We go out of our way to ensure that delivery is convenient for you to save you time.

Taste Aynie’s Catering For Yourself

Aynie’s values fresh food and our family run business means that we treat you as our own! Planning an event is stressful and as caterers, we believe that all catering companies must make their customer’s every need ab absolute priority.

Order and forget the details—we will take care of the rest!

Whatever the audience at your events’ taste may be, Aynie’s has something for everyone. Don’t settle for less, order from Aynie’s today!

Looking for Cincinnati Corporate Catering? You Must Try Aynie’s

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Food is a huge part of every person’s life. It brings people together in a way that nothing else can.

So when catering food, why settle for anything less than the best?

For over 21 years, Aynie’s Catering has been providing fresh and wholesome food to thousands of customers.

The secret to success? Variety.

With such a broad spectrum of food available, there is something for everyone to enjoy no matter your taste or preference. At any group event, a great meal with fresh, locally grown food makes every individual feel catered to (no pun intended).

Catering isn’t just about the food—it’s about the experience. That being said, excellent food guarantees a great time. It is practically impossible to not enjoy yourself while in the presence of mouth-watering food.

Aynie’s offers fresh, creative, and delicious options for breakfast, lunch, and dessert.

Breakfast

What better way to start the day than with a tasty breakfast? After all, it is the most important meal of the day and it’s only right to start out with a hit.

For breakfast, Aynie’s offers everything from colorful fruit trays to freshly baked casseroles. We offer a continental breakfast, which includes fruit salad, pastries, bagels, muffins, along with coffee, juice, and/or water.

We also offer pastry assortments of 24 various muffins, bagels and other pastries. There is also a separate bagel tray that comes with 20 bagels and cream cheese, jam, and butter.

Aynie’s also serves quiche: three cheese, bacon cheddar, or spinach feta. These quiches are individually baked for your event, fresh and never processed. The delicious dish comes with a side of seasonal fruit as well.

Unique breakfast options offered daily at Aynie’s are breakfast burrito bars and breakfast sandwiches.

The burrito bar includes scrambled eggs, shredded cheddar cheese, diced peppers, salsa, sour cream, and your choice of diced bacon, ham or sausage.

The breakfast sandwich combo includes eggs with the Cincinnati classic Goetta and cheddar, egg, chicken sausage and cheese, peppercorn bacon, and egg and waffles. Both the burrito and sandwich options include fresh fruit on the side.

Other breakfast classics that are served include seasonal casseroles, yogurt parfaits with bagels, muffins, and fruit, bacon or sausage with scrambled eggs, or oatmeal.

We also serve the most important part of a great breakfast—freshly brewed hot coffee. In the words of one happy customer, Aynie’s has “the best coffee ever,” and no one deserves to start out the day with a bad cup of coffee—so why not serve the best?

Lunch

For Aynie’s lunch, we have a huge selection of salads, sandwiches, soups, and wraps. We offer boxed lunches of salad and sandwiches/wraps: the nosh box executive, the salad bosh box, the nosh box basic, and the sandwich and chopped salad box. Each different option varies with the sides offered, but it’s impossible to go wrong.

With each colorful bowl of bright greens, it’s not a stretch to say that our salads are truly a work of art. Each salad is handcrafted for the event, and is sure to make an impression.

As said by one customer, it is the freshness of our food that sets us apart because it doesn’t have the “institutional taste a lot of catering companies have” and a prime example of this is our salad.

Our most colorful salad options include the sunflower spinach salad, the Findlay Market salad, and the Mexplosion Flatbread Salad.

The Sunflower Spinach salad includes crispy bacon, bleu cheese, a hard-boiled egg, red onion, tomato, and sunflower seeds. The veggies in that salad are really what make it stand out, similar to the Findlay Market salad, topped with seasonal and fresh veggies. The Mexplosion salad, another unique option, is inside a jalapeno cheddar flatbread, with black beans, roasted corn, green onions, cilantro, avocado, and mixed greens.  

The other salad options include the classic Aynies Salad, Turkey Medallion, Deli, Chicken Caesar Flatbread, Aynie’s Mandarin, Chicken Avocado & Citrus, Low Carb, Cobb, and a Scoop of Chicken Salad. No matter what your diet or your taste, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Just as there are a ton of salad choices, we offer a variety of sandwiches and wraps as well.

In the boxed lunches, we serve Cranberry Walnut Turkey, Homemade Egg Salad, Dijon Chicken, Ham and Swiss, Roast Beef and White Cheddar, Turkey Cheddar, Italian Wrap, Veggie Wrap, Fresh Mozzarella, Basil, & Tomato, Oven Roasted Chicken Breast, Buffalo Chicken Wrap, Avocado BLT, Greek Wrap, and Turkey, Bacon and Ranch Club.

Sarah, a customer, shared reactions to the quality of Aynie’s Corporate Catering. Everyone was “raving about how delicious lunch was” at her event. Rose, another customer, adds that “not a speck was left” of their food. We work to make our food the talk of the party because at Aynie’s, catering is all about the experience.

Dessert

No meal is complete without a sweet treat at the end. We offer trays of cookies, brownies, and cupcakes.

If you’re on a diet, you shouldn’t even have a bite—because with our rich flavors, it will turn into you eating three times what you wanted. If you’re not on a diet, consider this heaven!

Why Go With Aynie’s For Your Corporate Catering

For 21 years, Aynie’s has been providing food that not only is presented creatively but tastes fantastic. Everything is carefully crafted only with the freshest ingredients. No matter the occasion, Aynie’s has what you want and need in order to create a lively atmosphere at your event.

If you are in need of catering, you have to try Aynie’s. Let us prove to you why so many customers call our craft “magic.” Order from Aynie’s Catering for your work meetings or celebrations in Cincinnati, OH and the surrounding area.  

Try The Emperor’s Salad With Black Rice From Cincinnati’s Corporate Caterer

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Black rice?  I’m betting this might be the reaction of many people when they are served rice that isn’t white or brown.

Also called the Emperor’s Rice or Forbidden Rice, black rice isn’t a staple in most American diets.

Black rice has been grown across Asia for centuries.  Commoners in ancient China never tasted this rice variety, as it was only enjoyed by the Emperor. Very little was grown and what was produced was hoarded by the emperor, royalty, and the wealthy.  

Today, most Americans won’t be able to find black rice in typical grocery stores, but only in health food, gourmet stores or Asian supermarkets. It’s worth trying because it’s brimming with nutrition and has a mild, nutty flavor.

This black, sometimes purple, rice is a great source of flavonoid phytonutrients. Flavonoid phytonutrients is an impressive term for brightly colored foods that lower your risk of cancer, heart disease, asthma and strokes.

Similarly, blueberries, raspberries and cranberries have many flavonoid phytonutrients. Black rice has a higher amount of antioxidants, protein and dietary fiber than any other variety of rice.

Research is showing a strong possibility that it may affect our brain health. Black rice is also a source of the mineral iron and for non meat eaters it can be a source of plant based protein.  This rice is a source of the antioxidant Vitamin E , which is critical for your immune health as well as your eye health.  The Emperor’s Rice is reported to cleanse the liver of toxic buildup. Like other rice varieties, black rice is a naturally gluten free.

When purchasing black rice, be certain to only buy “whole black rice”.  

Two popular types of black rice are Indonesian black rice and Thai jasmine black rice. This type of rice is less processed, keeping the hull and bran, where the fiber and antioxidants are located. Black rice has 2-3 grams per one-half cup serving.

Before cooking, the rice needs to soak in water for at least an hour. Black rice is a versatile ingredient.  Puddings, cakes, stir fries, soups, noodles and salads are a few dishes where black rice is the main ingredient.  

A couple great web sites for black rice recipes are Veg Kitchen and Brit+Co.

If you’re intrigued and would like to sample the Emperor’s Rice, Aynie’s Catering is featuring a black rice salad as a seasonal offering on their February Features Menu.  

The Emperor’s Salad combines black rice, quinoa, bell peppers and cherry tomatoes.  

This salad is served on a bed of mixed greens and topped with pomegranate seeds. This nutritional salad may be ordered by itself as a box lunch.

One of February’s All Inclusive Buffets features the Emperor’s Salad as a side with a Mini Sandwich Tray, fruit salad and a cookie tray.  

Aynie’s Catering works hard to offer new and unique menu items in their Monthly Feature Menu.

Winter Storms

Hunker down and get ready for our next winter storm. I must admit that I love summer. The hotter the better. What about Cincinnati heat and humidity? Bring it on…I love it! Snow is a four letter word in my world. However, there is nothing quite like the anticipation of a snow event at the beginning of the weekend.

Sipping coffee this past rainy Friday morning I was thinking about all the recipes I had gathered this past fall. With significant ice and snow forecasted, it was the perfect weekend to hang out by the fire and try out new favorites.

I follow a lot of blogs and personalities and am always fascinated by what’s cooking in other people’s kitchens. I’ve been known to put together complicated and complex recipes, but by far my favorite are the dishes that come together with minimal ingredients and fresh flavors.

This weekend we are pulling together Carnitas or “little meats”. I swung down to Findlay Market and picked up a Pork Shoulder and other ingredients. If you don’t visit Findlay Market regularly, you are missing out!

I’m using my crock pot, although Carnitas are traditionally prepared in a large copper pot. I used this recipe at home and my house smelled awesome. We did crisp our pork under the broiler to make a more traditional carnitas but it was really moist and delicious right out of the slow cooker.

At Aynie’s this month we are featuring Aynie’s Fajita Salad Bar. You can choose this with Chicken or Carnitas. Chicken is our most popular option not only because it is delish but it is also has wide appeal. Many customers are nervous about trying new items. Step out of the safety zone and try the Carnitas. You will not be disappointed.

At home I kept it simple and served the Carnitas on corn tortillas with pico de gallo and sliced avocado or as a Rice Bowl with beans, cheese, avocado, salsa and of course hot sauce! This recipe was so simple and would be a great weeknight dinner. Throw it all in the crock pot and it’s ready when you get home. It also makes quite a bit and freezes well.

At Aynie’s our most popular Hot Entrée is the Chicken Fajita Bar. We send this out with Cilantro Lime Rice and our Santa Fe Salad with all the toppings, chicken and peppers and onions on the side. Our salsa, yep we make that too! For January we expanded our Fajita Bar to the Fajita Salad Bar. It has been tremendously popular.

What makes our Fajita Bar so good? When you order we get to work. We don’t pre-slice a case of peppers and onions and let them sit in our walk-in cooler until an order comes. We slice, season and cook them that day. We zest and squeeze fresh limes in Jasmine rice right before it goes out the door for delivery. Have you ever noticed how fresh our Black Bean Salad is? Yes, we made it for your order.

How about something different for lunch at your next meeting? Try our Fajita Salad Bar or our Fajita Bar. Either is sure to be hit with your office and we are excited to bring you our fresh flavors.

 

 

Why Delicious, Fresh Food Is the Key Ingredient to Any Corporate Event

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Walking into a holiday party, the first thing you hear as you enter is the buzz of conversation. Your family and friends are gathered around the food on the table or congregating in the kitchen, all chatting back and forth, filling the air with laughter.

This is the power of food in our community.

Throughout history, sharing a meal with people is one of the most authentic, yet simple, ways to bring each other together. It starts conversations so you can get get to know the people in your lives.

It’s no different for corporate events. Want to build the morale of your office? All that event requires is good food (and a place to eat it), because good food creates a good time for everyone involved.

Food is necessary for life. Food is a universal language that welcomes all to the table. And you don’t have to be a foodie to love the meal and the connections it creates.

Sharing Food Builds Trust

In each of our lives, we share meals with those closest to us — typically our family and friends — whether it is everyday, to celebrate birthdays or anniversaries, or on holidays. Sharing food and thoughts with people requires a sense of trust, and this new trust breaks down barriers, allowing people to get to better understand each other.

Therefore it’s only natural that food would have the same effect at a corporate event, where trust is crucial for people who need to rely upon one another on a daily basis to do their best work. Food lays out the foundation for these kind of connections to happen.

Sharing a meal at a corporate event allows people to slow down from the everyday rush of the corporate grind and simply enjoy the event with the people they are with. Food is comforting and creates a more open environment for people to open up to one another.

For example, it’s difficult to share about your life when you and your co-workers are swamped on a regular day at the office. But over food it’s easier to let others get to know you and vice versa.

A meal is an exchange of ideas, memories, and laughs. This newfound trust means that teams can function even more effectively and successfully after eating together.

The idea of pulling up a chair to sit at the table evokes a feeling of inclusiveness that you can only find in this setting. For many people sharing a meal is associated with family and translating this same emotion of acceptance goes a long way in the office! Feeling comfortable amongst your coworkers also boosts your confidence at work.

Good Food Is A Conversation Starter

The open conversations that happen over a meal foster a meaningful work relationship that has quite long lasting effects. The trust created over simply sharing great cuisine carries over to work, where people can feel more confident in proposing ideas and, overall, are more engaged.

For this reason, food takes any party from good to great. No matter the meal, meaningful conversations are bound to happen.

Many times, the food is the conversation starter. People sharing their favorite foods, restaurants, recipes, and, most likely, memories. Food plays a huge role in everyone’s life and is symbolic of many special moments.

As mentioned earlier food is closely tied to many people’s idea of family. Whether you grew up learning to cook with your grandmother, cooked Thanksgiving dinner yourself, or had delicious meals to celebrate an important milestone in your life, food is with you at all of these special times.

Food is also a huge part of culture around the world. Sharing a meal is sharing your culture and it is essential to our identity. Food sustains us, and enriches our lives. This is why food at any event builds on a community.  

Because food is linked to so many aspects of our lives, everyone will have something to share– in this way particularly, food proves to be a universal language without any limits.

Quality Time Happens Over Meals

When your team is busy and feeling overwhelmed on a daily basis, it can be easy to simply just get pizza and call it a day for your corporate event. The idea of gathering together, though, and spending quality time means you need a meal that gets people to sit down and talk.

Whereas a piece of pizza can be eaten on the go, our corporate catering meals and different items in each order are designed to be sat down and talked over.

This way your team can gather together to intentionally be present, and this creates friendships and strengthens them. This kind of experience is closely tied with cooperation and unity that transcends any barriers.

Great food that gets your staff to sit down together at a corporate event is where your coworkers become more like friends.

Also, sitting down and enjoying a meal with those you spend your days working with is actually beneficial to your mental health. Socializing over food allows you to destress, helping you to live more in the moment. So take that extra helping and stay a while!

Delicious Food Persuades People To Show Up

However, the most important reason that fresh, quality food is essential for any corporate event is because everyone really loves food. If it’s a non-mandatory meeting and the food doesn’t live up to expectations, good luck getting a lot of your staff to come. But it’s the opposite and easy to fill the room when they know fresh catering is on the way.

Going to an event with great food gives your employees something to look forward to. And no one wants miss the opportunity to have a fantastic meal.

Also, no event is complete without good eats. That’s why most parties doesn’t truly start until the food arrives. It starts conversations, and conversations start friendships, fostering trust and esteem.

Food is a necessity for life to continue and fantastic food is a necessity to any event.

So pass the salt and spark up a conversation. Don’t let boring food hold you back. Ordering unbelievable catered food from Aynie’s is the perfect way to strengthen your company’s morale and give back to your employees who work so hard.

Want fresh catered food that you can taste the difference with? Order from Aynie’s Catering for your work meetings and corporate events in Cincinnati, OH and the surrounding area.